Indigenous Research Network

Of the seven billion people in the world today, approximately six billion are from the global South, largely Indigenous and living in poverty (Mignolo 2012). There is no doubt that this group of people will largely determine world futures, particularly given the changing nature of world environments, economics and politics. This rapidly changing world order requires a new order of global engagement around scholarship.

The network is composed of senior and junior scholars, and postgraduate students. All members seek to share and develop research outcomes that impact on Indigenous peoples in ways that support and promote the development of knowledges.

The multidisciplinary composition of the network is one of its strengths as it enables exchange around theoretical approaches, developing methodologies and empirical data. The key driver for the network is developing capacity to meet the challenge of Indigenous knowledge production.

 Research includes:

  •  Facilitating the incorporation of Indigenous knowledges and research methodologies and practices into existing research programmes as a means of engaging with social justice issues, sustainable human relations and ecosystems.
  • Mapping social and public policy in the context of Indigenous rights and wellbeing (especially those around health, the environment and land, and education).
  • Engaging with Indigenous arts and material cultures, exploring innovative ways to protect and understand these works and repatriate intellectual property to Indigenous peoples.
  • Analysing the continuing negative impact of colonialisms on Indigenous peoples and developing programmes of revival and policies to reverse the effects and practices of colonization and their ongoing contemporary manifestations.
  • Analyzing Indigenous governance and economic systems in and across Asia, the Americas, the Pacific, Africa and Europe, as well as the strategies that Indigenous communities deploy to maintain or reinvigorate Indigenous self determination, considering how they achieve autonomy and/or express their own sovereignty.
  • Considering Indigenous movements in the context of recognition, agency, identity, state building, economics and neo-liberalism. The focus is often on Indigenous peoples and development projects;

What links these projects together and provides the importance for this network is the focus on the social justice for Indigenous peoples through the incorporation of their knowledge production into the work of the academy. 


Roundtable Call for papers

Approaching Indigenous Research: Ethics, Protocols and Collaboration

2 - 4 February, University of Sydney

In our first meeting IIRN hopes to open a dialogue exploring the ways Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers from a range of locations collaborate, including discussions about a shared understanding of some of the key issues and questions that can lead to significant research projects.  A key aim is to explore the ethical groundwork for emerging projects. For more information on the event and submitting an abstract please refer to the attachment.